The Scooter, the Tinker Toy, Heinemann’s Hot Rod - all nicknames for one fierce attacker - the Douglas A4 Skyhawk. MotoArt and Yanks Air Museum have partnered to bring you A-4 Skyhawk PlaneTags, made with original fuselage skin of BuNo 139960.
The Skyhawk is a carrier-capable light attack bomber, developed for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. 2,960 Skyhawks were built between 1954 and 1979; Only 166 A4D-1 (the initial production version, later redesignated A-4A) were built. Its small, nimble design was not only cost effective, but allowed more Skyhawks to fit onto the smaller aircraft carriers of the era. The subsonic, single-seat, light attack aircraft proved to be a pivotal asset during the Vietnam War; The A-4 delivered some of the first and last airstrikes of the conflict. The Blue Angels flew the Skyhawk between 1974 and 1986, as did many armed forces all over the world. As of 2021, some A-4s remain in active military service.
OUR PLANE'S STORY
Our aircraft, BuNo 139960 was constructed as an A4D-1 in 1957 and delivered to the VA-34 Blue Blasters, the first Skyhawk squadron to deploy to the Mediterranean. It was later redesignated as an A-4A in 1962 and would spend its career in the US Navy’s fleet, operating with a number of different light attack squadrons, mainly in the Mediterranean Sea. It was struck off charge in October 1968, after 11 years of service. The Yanks Air Museum in Chino, CA acquired it and held onto it for several decades until 2021. MotoArt and Yanks have now partnered to preserve the memory of one magnificent Skyhawk, and the legacy of many.
Don’t let the Skyhawk pass you by. Add a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk PlaneTag to your collection now. Share the joy of holding a piece of aviation history in your hand - give a Skyhawk PlaneTag to the pilot, veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff on your list.
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk-# 139960
Manufacturer: DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT COMPANY
BuNo #: 139960
Empty weight:8,391 LBS
Max Takeoff:19,910 LBS
Wing Span: 27 FT 6 IN
Length: 39 FT 4 IN
Height: 15 FT 2 IN
Range: 1,295 NM W/ A SINGLE MK-7 NUCLEAR WEAPON
Armament: 2 X 20MM CANNONS W/ UP TO 5,000LBS ORDNANCE
Cruise Speed: 440 KTS
Ceiling: 46,600 FT
Rate of Climb: 11,600 FT / MINUTE
Engine: CURTISS WRIGHT J65-W-4
Perfect Aviation Gift
Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal.
Unique - each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags.
Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card.
Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.
*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully
PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.
Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.
My late father flew the A-4 for the USMC in the 1960's. Gotta go through his logs to see if he flew the Scooter from which this piece came. Regardless, it's a great momento and reminds me of my Dad. Semper Fi !